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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




The purpose of this case study was to study select long-term successive partnerships between American universities of the Haiti Compact and various non-government organizations working in Ayiti (Haiti) despite contextual tensions of historic relations between Ayiti and the West, disparate global status of Ayiti and the United States of America, and the unprecedented impact of the 2010 earthquake in Ayiti and subsequent response from U.S. institutions of higher education. The Haiti Compact was a unique case for study due to its formation (1) as a resource of aggregated American student volunteerism and activism to be used in assistance to Ayisyen efforts for sustainable long-term rebuilding projects following the earthquake of 2010, and (2) as an intervention tool for the disruption of structural inequity replication. Interviews, document analysis, and observations were used to present a collective narrative of partnership quality and characteristics. Recursive data analysis was conducted simultaneous to data collection and holistically through categorical aggregation until the direct of collected data until a full picture of the case’s history full emerged. Data analysis was primarily implemented through use of the hermeneutic circle. Emergent themes of the collective narrative were resipwosite (reciprocity), benefis mityèl (mutual benefit), and solidarite (solidarity) are the themes; subthemes associated with resipwosite, benefis mityèl, and solidarite emerged unevenly and were intertwined indicating the complexity and sophistication of symbiotic quality among the distinct themes.

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